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Cumbrian frame quilt centre, Carolyn Gibbs

BQSG Zoom Sessions

After the success of our Fabric Identification Session and Beginning Research Sessions in November 2020 we are planning to do some further Zoom sessions this spring. Our first one will be:

Antique Quilts Show and Tell with Carolyn Gibbs

Zoom Session

Saturday 20 February 2021

Two sessions will be available: 10.30am or 2.30pm. The sessions will look at the same quilts so please don’t book for both!

This will be a chance to look in superb detail at some of Carolyn’s own amazing collection of heritage quilts via a PowerPoint presentation on Zoom. The focus will be on looking at 3 or 4 quilts and each session will last 1.5 hours so there is sufficient study opportunity and attendees can contribute comments and questions. There are ten places available at each session.

There will be a charge for the session of £5 which is payable at the time of booking. To make a booking contact Barbara Crawford, Treasurer via her email (please note the underscore _ between ‘treasurer’ and ‘bqsg’ in the email address!) Barbara will give you the payment details once you make contact. Please state in your email if you wish to book a place on the morning or afternoon session.

Fabric identification and dating – an introductory session with Rachel Terry

Zoom Session

Saturday 27 February 2021

Two sessions will be available: 10.30am or 2.30 pm. The second session will be a repeat so please don’t book for both!

Please note that this is a repeat of the session from November for those on the waiting list and anyone else who missed it the first time. In this session you will be introduced to lots of resources for identifying and dating the fabrics which often appear in patchwork quilts from the 18th through to the 20th centuries. The groups will be small to allow for sharing ideas and questions. There will be a combination of PowerPoint slides and discussion. As before, this session is still free, although we do ask that you let us know if you can’t make your booking. To book please contact Rachel Terry, Research Panel Chair on her email (please note the underscore _ in the email address). Please state if you wish to book for the morning or afternoon session.

We also have exciting plans for a future Zoom research session with Heather Audin, Curator of the Quilters’ Guild Collection, and Isobel Dibden Wright, looking at items in Guild’s Collection and looking at research techniques. We will advertise this via our BQSG mailing once we have a firm date, so do keep an eye out for more details in due course.

UPCOMING EVENTs Please check before booking as these may be cancelled due to the current situation

BQSG 2020 Seminar – Postponement and Revised Dates - now 2021 Seminar

Further to the postponement announcement in the e-newsletter of 12th June, I can now inform you that we plan to hold the 2021 BQSG Seminar, in Darlington, from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th October 2021. Please note these dates in your diary – and keep them free!

Booking for the Seminar will not re-open until a-date-to-be-advised in 2021. As previously stated, the option for a full refund will continue to apply until we re-open booking. (see seminars page for more details regarding refunds)

Any queries, please contact me at

Best wishes,

Laura Cochran - Seminar Organiser

BQSG 'Introduction to Quilt Research Study Day' due to have taken place on 14th May 2020 was unfortunately  CANCELLED

Events held in 2020 were:-

Recent Acquisitions to the Quilters’ Guild Collection: Study Session held on Thursday 12th March 2020: 1.30 – 4.00 pm at The Quilters’ Guild, St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PE. The afternoon visit was an opportunity to view some of the recent acquisitions made to the Quilters’ Guild collection. Heather Audin, the curator led this session sharing her expertise and giving valuable insight into the history and provenance of these pieces. This type of session may encourage some of you to consider some research into what you are able to study during a visit to the Guild Collection.

Events held in 2019 were:-                                        
BQSG 2019 SEMINAR was held at the Holiday Inn, Farnborough, GU14 6AZ, 25- 27 October 2019 where we heard a a wide range of very interesting papers and speakers covering many subjects. Study sessions on Friday 25 October were held at the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, GU9 7DS.  Here we saw a range of items (textile and documentary) from the Crafts Study Centre’s own collection, in addition to a selection of items from the (neighbouring) Textiles Collection of UCA Farnham.  As well as items from the Muriel Rose Bequest (which feature in both collections), we were be able to take a close look at a very wide range of textiles.

How Do I Start? Where Do I Go Next? BQSG Advanced Research Day which took place on Saturday 7th Sept 2019: 10.30 – 16.00 at the John Woolman Room, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London

Exploring Research Study Day which took place on 29th June 2019  from 10:30pm to 4:00 pm at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW.

A 'Recent Acquisitions' Study Session was held on 30th March 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW.

Events held during 2018 were:-


with a study session and visit to St Fagan's National Museum of History


BQSG Introduction to Quilt Research Study Day was held onSaturday 1st September 2018 10.30am. - 4.00pm.

at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PW  

JULY 2018

BQSG Quilt Research Study Day was held on Saturday 14th July 2018 10.00am. - 4.00pm.

at Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester M13BB